TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines-A consultant from an international humanitarian organization has said there is a need for localizing humanitarian emergency efforts in the country in light of post- super typhoon Yolanda aid response in November 2013.
“We recognize that humanitarian effectiveness is not just delivering the needed goods and services in a timely and appropriate manner, but also a process of affirming the dignity and rights of people, especially the most vulnerable, and empowering them as persons, groups and communities,” said Rico C. Cajife, consultant of Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO) , a Netherlands-based non-governmental organization.
Reiterating their commitment on the issue, Cajipe said they welcomed the discussions in the World Humanitarian Summit process on the “effectiveness” of humanitarian action if delivered locally.
According to Cajipe, the localization of disaster aid response would “affirm the primary role of local stakeholders, especially community-based organizations as front-liners in disaster preparedness, response and resilience.”
“ We are committing ourselves to these following actions for localizing aid delivery in affected communities. To build and strengthen local mechanisms among government agencies, community organizations and other stakeholders; increase direct funding to local NGOs and community-based organizations for humanitarian action; provide for organization development and process support in humanitarian action; and reaffirm the principles of partnership among stakeholders and actors,” Cajipe said.
He maintained that the locals knew better in terms of providing ideal solution to the affected people in times of disaster.
ICCO was one of the international aid groups that immediately set up emergency response in central parts of the country after Yolanda, from food, shelter, livelihood and capability training to the victims.
Cajipe along with other NGOs continues to ask government to provide them mechanism to better play their role during emergency.
Last Monday, Cajipe also led in a training on disaster preparedness and response for disaster-affected communities in Eastern Visayas and neighboring regions which was attended by over 40 participants, mostly farmers and fishermen affiliated to land rights advocate group Rights Inc.